In Afghanistan, 12 children killed in airstrike on mosque

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At least twelve children were killed and several others wounded in an airstrike on a mosque in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar Province, reported IANS quoting unidentified officials said on Thursday.

The strike occurred on 21 October in the Baharak district, where Taliban fighters had killed over 40 Afghan government forces personnel earlier that day, provincial councilor Mohammad Azam Afzali told DPA. The provincial governor spokesman also confirmed the report.

An aircraft bombarded the mosque after receiving information that Taliban fighters who were involved in the hours-before bloody attack on security forces were hiding there, Mr. Afzali added.

The violence in Afghanistan comes despite ongoing peace talks between the representatives of the government and the Taliban in the Gulf State of Qatar that kicked off last month, Gandhara RFE reported.

Meanwhile, the conflict across the country continues. For more than a week now there has been heavy fighting in southern Afghanistan. More than 100 civilians have died and tens of thousands of people have been driven from their villages.

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